Who runs the Scottish Government

After a Scottish Parliamentary election, a First Minister is formally nominated by the Scottish Parliament and appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister then appoints the Scottish Ministers to make up his Cabinet with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament and the approval of the Queen.

The First Minister leads the Scottish Government, with the support of the Scottish Cabinet and Ministers.

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament comprises all elected Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and is the law making body for devolved matters. It considers proposed legislation and scrutinises the activities and policies of the Scottish Government through debates, parliamentary questions and the work of committees.

In this section

  • Cabinet and Ministers

    Links to the list of Sub-Committees, the Ministerial Code and the Guide to Collective Decision-Making

  • Strategic Board

    Overview of management board for Scottish Government. Includes minutes and agendas for meetings.

  • Directorates

    Scottish Government Directorates.

  • Vacancies

    Information on working for the Scottish Government including latest vacancies.